I wanted to see if I could get into our smaller break-off group in choir, but anyone interested would have to go through a small tryout with the director. This made me a little nervous, but he told everyone that it would be pretty easy. Last week he told us he would be letting people try out starting at 6:45 next Monday.
Well “next” Monday was yesterday, and there were two of us trying for a spot in the Chamber Choir. J is an alto and it’s her first year in our choir. She went first. Someone suggested to me that I should get it out of the way and go first, but this worked out better. I could find out what exactly he wanted us to do. I knew that he would have us sing some of the song, “The Star Spangled Banner”, sing some “Do Rey Mi Fah So La Ti D’oh!” and then sing some notes he would play on the piano. I just wanted to see how it would sound.
He actually had her sing the entire song first. I started to worry if I would forget the words out of nervousness, or maybe I’d start a giggle fit or go completely off key. That worrying wasn’t going to do me any good, so I sat there and waited for my turn. I figured that I’d be okay if I didn’t get into the smaller choir. I mean it would sting for awhile, but I’d survive. I pictured the Cackler finding out that I didn’t get in, and saying in her voice, “But the tryouts are so EASY! You didn’t get IN??” Ugh, no thank you. But I’d survive.
Anyway, the girl finished singing and left the chapel to talk to our mutual friend. It was just me, our director and the spokesman of our choir. He was getting stuff together for announcements and stuff.
I walked over to the piano and greeted our director, T, but he wasn’t ready for me yet. He asked me to give him a few seconds while he took down some notes. The seconds seemed like an eternity, but eventually he was ready for me. He chose a note for me to start on, and then let me sing “The Star Spangled Banner” without the piano. Although in the beginning I could hear the nervous shakiness in my voice, I plowed through that and just sang loud and clear. I don’t remember singing one note off key. I didn’t look at our director while I sang, I looked at the cross that was hanging in the chapel, and then eventually just closed my eyes while I finished the song. He seemed happy! Good sign. He didn’t have me do the “do rey mi” exercise, but he played some note sequences on the piano and had me sing them. That was tricky, but he nodded a few times and then it was all over. T said, “Okay, thank you!” I asked him when we would know, and he said, “Soon.” Alrighty then. I thought, “‘Soon’ as in next week?” I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on anything else. He must’ve heard my thoughts a bit, because he said he wouldn’t keep us waiting. I told him I wouldn’t lose sleep.
I went out into the lobby to talk to my friends, and I asked my one friend how he told her when she had first tried for a spot. She said he told her the same night, so that gave me hope that I wouldn’t have to wait long. The doors opened and our director called in J, the first girl. They went back into the chapel and I heard him talking to her, but his voice was muffled. About a minute later they returned and he called me in. Before the doors closed, he said,
“The answer for you is ‘yes’! I liked your confidence when you sang ‘The Star Spangled Banner’.” Yay! I thanked him a couple of times, and told him I had been nervous. He said that’s why he doesn’t like to look at the people while they’re singing, so it makes things easier. He told me the Chamber Choir would start practicing next week at 6:40. Yeehaw!!
I thanked him again and walked back out into the lobby. The other girl told me she didn’t get into the Chamber choir, but she shrugged it off. I felt bad for her until she told me she’s in two plays at her high school! She’ll be okay, and she’s still in our larger choir.
Our regular choir rehearsal went well, we made some nice progress. I’m usually tired at the very beginning of practice, but this time my adrenaline held out much longer. I wanted to get home so that I could call my mom with the happy news!
I was beaming when I told my mom. She was excited for me and said she’d treat me to lunch this weekend. I also went on Facebook and found out my friend from work was online. I told her earlier that day that I was going to try for the choir. She was actually online waiting for me to give her any news. She was very proud of me and even bought me a “congrats” card! Good times. :)
It was a very successful night! I’m patting myself on the back, which is usually a weird thing to admit, but I am proud I went for it, and even happier that I got in! I won’t have to try for it next year. Once you’re in, you’re in! I’m thinking it’s like the mafia, only much safer.